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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 5 — Feb. 10, 1998
  • pp: 884–888

Low-cost planar star-coupling structure for large-core polymer optical fibers

Yao Li, Kenneth Fasanella, and Ting Wang  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 37, Issue 5, pp. 884-888 (1998)

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A three-plate modular, polymer, and planar waveguiding star coupler for large-core polymer fibers is proposed and an 8 × 8 version is demonstrated. The proposed structure can be mass produced by use of injection-molding technology at a significantly low cost. Power measurements indicate that a performance of 1.9-dB power fluctuation among all receiving channels is possible at the expense of tolerating a 3.1-dB excess power loss. Trade-offs among device compactness, overall power efficiency, and channel fluctuation are discussed.

© 1998 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(160.4670) Materials : Optical materials
(200.4650) Optics in computing : Optical interconnects

Original Manuscript: March 31, 1997
Revised Manuscript: August 27, 1997
Published: February 10, 1998

Yao Li, Kenneth Fasanella, and Ting Wang, "Low-cost planar star-coupling structure for large-core polymer optical fibers," Appl. Opt. 37, 884-888 (1998)

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